NBA All-Star Weekend brings celebs to Orlando

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All eyes will be set on Orlando once again, and this time it won't have anything to do with a high-profile murder case. Good for us! The weekend of February 24-26, Orlando will play host to the 61st annual NBA All-Star Game.

This year, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will headline the Eastern Conference team while Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, who was voted in by the fans as well, will lead the West. Tickets for the showcase event (7 p.m., Feb. 25 at Amway Center) start at a whopping $550, so fans might have a hard time scoring a ticket, unless, of course, you're Teresa Jacobs, a city commissioner or an Orlando Magic season pass holder.

Fret not, basketball fans. A number of All-Star-related events are scheduled throughout the weekend, including the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Feb. 24, which will be held at center court during the Jam Session. If Justin Beiber winning the title of MVP at last year’s Celebrity Game is any indication of the superstars expected to show up for this year's game, it's sure to be a crowd pleaser.

The kid-friendly All-Star Jam Session, daily Feb. 23-26 at the Orange County Convention Center (North Building), offers a Kids Zone where fans can shoot hoops with friends, collect free autographs from NBA players and school their friends in sports challenges.

For those who can't afford to go to the NBA All-Star Game and don't have the luxury of writing the ticket price off as an “official business” expense, we suggest hitting up the clubs in and around downtown Orlando. Clubgoers can expect to rub shoulders with some big-name stars like comedian Kevin Hart, singer Mary J. Blige and rapper Rick Ross, who will be hosting cocktail parties and club events in different venues during the weekend. Oh, and city officials voted to extend bar hours until 3 a.m. and temporarily suspend signage rules in downtown Orlando during the weekend. Bottle service anyone?

Below, we’ve included details for some of the celebrity hosted parties during Orlando All-Star weekend.

Thursday, Feb. 23

The 5th Annual Dwyane Wade All-Star Carpet Soiree

9 p.m.

Vain Nightclub

22 S. Magnolia Ave.

407-835-3590

$75-$125

Friday, Feb. 24

The Ciroc Museum Presents: Kevin Hart and Eva Marcille

9 p.m.

Orlando Science Center

777 E. Princeton St.

407-514-2000

$125-$5,000

Friday, Feb. 24

Rick Ross All-Star Bash hosted by Amber Rose

9 p.m.

Roxy Nightclub

740 Bennett Road

407-898-4004

$130-$210

Friday, Feb. 24

Dwight Howard and Floyd Mayweather’s “Best of the Best”

10 p.m.

Vain Nightclub

22 S. Magnolia Ave.

407-835-3590

$120-$170

Friday, Feb. 24

Xpensive Habits hosted by Kevin Durant

10 p.m.

Sheltair Executive Airport Hangar

321 N. Crystal Lake Drive

954-660-9227

$75-$200

Saturday, Feb. 25

Diddy NBA All-Star Party featuring Diddy & Friends

9 p.m.

Cheyenne Saloon

128 W. Church St.

407-839-3000

$100-$150

Saturday, Feb. 25

Undisputed 2012 featuring Lebron, Mayweather, Hart

10 p.m.

The Ballroom at Church Street

225 S. Garland Ave.

407-420-9091

$150-$250

Saturday, Feb. 25

The Big Apple: New York State of Mind with Carmello Anthony and Fobolous hosted by Kevin Cossom

10 p.m.

Vain Nightclub

22 S. Magnolia Ave.

407-835-3590

$75-$150

Sunday, Feb. 26

All-Star Closeout Party hosted by Mary J. Blige and R. Kelly

9:30 p.m.

Majestic

901 N. John Young Parkway

407-300-9124

$125

Sunday, Feb. 26

The Grand Closing Party of All-Star Weekend hosted by Rick Ross

10 p.m.

The Beacham

46 N. Orange Ave.

407-648-8363

$125

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the official Orlando All-Star Weekend website.

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